Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Deuteronomy 5:29 “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever.”
You now come before the Lord to pray for others. Begin with those closest to your heart, your family. Parents want the best for their children, children cherish their parents. In God’s wonderful plan the home is the first place, the primary place, that we learn to nurture and care for others.
Sadly, many homes today have been broken and torn apart. You must know that the Father see these homes, also, and they are ever near His heart. God takes special care of homes broken by divorce or the loss of a loved one.
Parents, consider your home and the priorities your children see in you. Not what you say, but what your children see in your daily life. What do you care about? What are you willing to die for? Are your core values centered on God or the world? What legacy will you leave your children when you are gone?
Dr. Charles Stanley, a very well-known pastor, lost his father when he was very young. He tells of the difficult economic times being raised by his mother alone. Their home had extreme pressure from the world and Charles could have become wayward. His Mom could have given up. But Dr. Stanley recalls that every day of his life, even through high school and while in college, his Mother prayed over him. He says every night she would come to his room, kneel by his bed and pray out loud over him. Only God knows the impact her prayers had on that home and the life of Dr. Stanley.
Parents, you must be devoted to God, and your children must know of that genuine devotion if you want God’s protection and blessing on your family.